November 2019 Update from Pollyanna
Pollyanna advances systemic change by developing stronger communities.
Pollyanna works with academic and other institutions to achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Through its unique conference models, discussion platforms, and racial literacy curricula, Pollyanna increases cultural competence.
November 2019
What's Happened
Grace Church School
“Pollyanna’s program is truly inspirational. The premise of modeling and teaching students how to engage in constructive conversations about race and racism will enhance and enrich our already positive and informative curriculum.” Barbara Haney, Lower School Director, commented after the Pollyanna Professional Development.

Casper Caldarola recently sat down to chat with Gina Parker Collins, Founder of RIISE - Resources In Independent School Education - to discuss racial literacy. Click here to watch

NYU | Wagner
Kathy Chan and Ryan Ewers led a morning workshop with a cohort of inspirational women participating in NYU Wagner’s Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program. These women are founders of Action Learning Projects that will transform life in Ghana for youth, women and agricultural workers.
Monique Vogelsang conducted an educational workshop at the law firm SheppardMullin titled – Through the Lens of the U.S. Census: A Review of the Fluctuating Social, Historical, and Legal Construction of Race in the United States.
Welcome to Our New Schools
Westover School in Middlebury, CT will host its first Independent School Conference in April 2020
The Meadowbrook School in Weston, MA has signed on for an Assessment and Intra-Conference in 2019-20

What's Next

  • Far Brook in Short Hills, NJ will host its 4th conference - Class in the Classroom: Exploring Socioeconomic Diversity in Our Schools. 
  • Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, CA will host its 3rd conference - Reimagining Gender and Sexual Orientation in Our Schools.
  • St. Clement's in Toronto, Ontario will host its 1st conference - Race, Privilege and Community Building.
  • K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum Professional Development at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, CA and at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, MD.
  • Pollyanna will be a sponsor, exhibitor and presenter at the NAIS People of Color Conference in Seattle. Come to our workshop and stop by our table!
What We Offer
Independent School Conference
This original conference emphasizes our motto “Every Voice Matters” by including all constituent groups at schools: administrators, alumni, diversity, equity and inclusion practitioners, faculty, parents, students, trustees. This Conference model is available to schools around the US and in Canada. The school that hosts this conference in a specific geographic region welcomes peer schools in that region to discuss challenges and effective practices around a specific diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) topic, and generate Action Plans to create movement at each of the attending schools.
Pollyanna designed the Intra-Conference as an institutional capacity-building opportunity for schools that want to deepen their knowledge, enhance practices and improve skills in the areas of DEI. This is for schools that would like to build community, develop a strategic plan, or rewrite mission and vision statements. The very nature of the Intra-Conference brings a school together and establishes and strengthens community connections. The Intra-Conference informs the community and provides a platform for sharing personal experiences, expressing opinions and perspectives, and generating ideas and solutions for growth. Constituent groups included in this model are: alumni, alumni parents, faculty/admin/staff, students and parents.
Cross-Constituent Assessment
This is designed for a school that wants to investigate cultural and environmental perspectives on DEI topics, a Cross-Constituent Assessment is designed and implemented and consists of online surveys, focus groups and a comprehensive summary of both qualitative and quantitative data to provide infrastructure for on-going initiatives.
K-8 Racial Literacy Curriculum

Engaging and accessible, the Curriculum is designed to help students gain knowledge about race as it has been constructed in the US, and aims to help students acquire an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism. If you use any of the lessons and post them to social media, tag Pollyanna!

Parent/Guardian Companion Guide
The Guide provides an in-depth overview of each unit featured in the K-8 RLC, recommends questions and conversation suggestions for parents and guardians to facilitate dialogue at home that centers on race, culture, and identity, and suggests reading and viewing material to enhance racial literacy. 
Professional Development Workshops and Parent Discussion Groups
We offer Racial Literacy Professional Development for faculty and also Racial Literacy Discussion Groups for parents at your school. For more information about PD and Discussion Groups or to schedule workshops and discussions, please email Claire at  
Please Consider Supporting Us
Pollyanna is a non-profit organization that started in 2015. In addition to fees paid by schools that host our conferences, we depend on charitable gifts to support our mission and carry out our work. If you are inspired by our conferences, discussion platforms, free racial literacy curricula for students and parents/guardians, and our overall goal of advancing systemic change by developing stronger communities, we hope you will consider a gift to help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal by December 31, 2019. Your gift has a tremendous impact in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion nationwide. We know our work is making a difference in our school communities, and we invite you to be a supporter of our efforts! Please click here to give today or click here to learn more.
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